Statement of Joel E. Miller, Executive Director and CEO of AMHCA on Clinton Mental Health Agenda
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Posted by: Whitney Meyerhoeffer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2016
Contact: Whitney Meyerhoeffer
Statement of Joel E. Miller, Executive Director and CEO of the American Mental Health Counselors Association on Clinton Mental Health Policy Program
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Secretary Hillary Clinton today released her mental health policy initiative which provides a vision for the future of mental health care delivery and financing in the U.S.
The comprehensive plan emphasizes mental health care as part of overall health care. The initiative in many ways reflects the philosophy of the mental health counseling profession by focusing on upstream interventions, wellness and mental illness prevention.
We strongly support provisions in the Clinton plan for training more mental health professionals and expansion of the mental health workforce. Specifically, if elected, we hope the Clinton plan would include Medicare Provider Recognition for Clinical Mental Health Counselors in order to address the oncoming “silver tsunami” of older adults with mental health conditions.
Access to primary mental health providers like Clinical Mental Health Counselors who offer high-quality, comprehensive, integrative, cost-effective services – and who are grounded in wellness and prevention training and practice – will address the needs of millions of Medicare beneficiaries currently in the program and the impending wave about to enter the public system.
We applaud Secretary Clinton for offering this new policy initiative and her goal of transforming the mental health system in order to address the needs and promote the interests of all Americans with behavioral health conditions.
We also urge all candidates running for office to speak out on the need to improve our mental health care system, especially the need to improve access to mental health services for older Americans. It’s long overdue.
The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) works to enhance the profession of mental health counseling through advocacy, education, licensure, and professional development.
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